February 2016

Youth of the Month-February 2016

Adriana Torres
East Side Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County (BGCPC) announced that Nelisa Palma is the Club’s March Youth of the Month. The Youth of the Month honor is earned by one member each month in recognition of their strong leadership, good character, and commitment to service.

Nelisa has been a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County for 10 years and has established herself as a leader amongst her peers. She has come a long way from being reluctant to speak or give any input and has transitioned into an advocate for community service projects and leading activities. Nelisa is currently involved in working on the newly formed Social Action Project that is being worked on by Club members who participate in Torch Club and Keystone. Kids have been inspired by her passion to the project and the input she has provided in producing the Public Service Announcement that talks about bullying. She is not afraid to challenge the norm and push for a Public Service Announcement that will have an impact in the community. Her strong input and leadership at times has made it easier for others to bring their ideas to the table.

Nelisa is a very reliable teen member, which is a significant asset now days because it can be difficult to recruit teens to commit so much time to a service project and see it through to the end. Recently, Club teens volunteered their time to take part in the annual Rake Up Pueblo Project and the Tom and Louie’s Cupboard Food Drive. The teens were asked to be at the Clubhouse at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday. Out of eight Club members asked to take part in these two projects, Nelisa and three others were the only teens to show up. Nelisa truly believes it is important in keeping her word and be a role model to the younger Club members.

Nelisa truly cares and genuinely feels good about helping those who are in need. She also takes great pride in her Clubhouse and will help clean the staff office, vacuum, and take out the trash without being asked to do so.

Nelisa shared, “The Club is a home away from home because they take care of me. The staff and Club members are like family to me. Without the Club, I would be shy and not able to speak out about my feelings. The Club has brought many positive things into my life.”

As a Youth of the Month honoree, Nelisa is eligible to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County’s 2017 Youth of the Year competition, which provides several scholarships and leadership opportunities. Legacy Bank and The Center for American Values are proud to be the March Youth of the Month Sponsors. If you would like to congratulate Nelisa, you may do so by emailing her at club@bgcpueblo.org. 

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